The Fall Festival of Shakespeare is a non-competitive region-wide collaboration between Portland Playhouse and area high schools. The Festival is a spectacular theatrical event, in part because student actors connect well to Shakespeare; they understand the passion, the large stakes, and the disaster. High school is not unlike an Elizabethan Tragedy.
The students are not only performers in the festival, but a large and vocal component of the audience. They are most active and vibrant theatre patrons you will ever encounter. They “oooh” and “ahhh”; call out “Oh no she didn’t”; scream and laugh. It’s the closest thing we have to how an Elizabethan audience at Shakespeare’s Globe might have reacted. It’s an unforgettable experience for the students involved, and an engaging cultural phenomenon for everyone to witness.
2014 Fall festival Schedule
Middle School Festival at the Playhouse
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 6PM
King Elementary (Much Ado About Nothing)
Sauvie Island Academy (Twelfth Night)
* Tickets for the Middle School Festival are $5 at the door.
Fall Festival at the Winningstad Theatre (portland center for the performing arts)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22ND
11:00am – Franklin (Macbeth)
Metropolitan Learning Center (Midsummer Night’s Dream)
3:00pm – Fort Vancouver (Much Ado About Nothing)
7:00pm – Cleveland (All’s Well That Ends Well)
8:30pm – Reverance
* Students in the Festival are free.
* General admission, tickets on sale soon.
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